February 2011

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Chutes over Sicily

Wind and hostile fire scattered 3,000 US paratroopers across Sicily in July 1943. But they fought so hard the enemy thought they were an entire army. By Éric Grenier

Crash into the channel

Wounded pilot Bob Vance’s crippled B-24 was falling fast. But Vance believed a hurt man was aboard, so he stayed put and steered for water. By Robert F. Dorr

Stick-on war spirit

America churned out a colorful variety of postage stamps during the war, to raise dollars and war spirit. And people–even FDR–collected them. By David A. Norris

JFK’s other PT boat rescue

After recovering from his extreme efforts to save the crew of his smashed PT-109, John F. Kennedy captained PT-59 on a mission to rescue trapped marines. By Joseph Hinds



Notes from our editor


Letters from our readers

Home Front

Unhappy New Year


Lana Turner


WWII beaches of Cape May

War Stories

Memories from the war years


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Books and Media

The latest reviews

Theater of War

Abbott and Costello in Buck Privates and In the Navy

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Duke Ellington

WWII Events

A calendar of present-day happenings


One man’s war

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